To lie or keep in hiding, as for some evil reason. To move or go in a mean, stealthy manner.
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WebSkulker has mentioned sites about robots, and here is another one: "The main aim of the CAM-Brain Project is to build/grow/evolve an artificial brain by 2003 with a billion artificial neurons.... This brain will be used to control the behaviors of a kitten robot that is called in Japanese 'Robokoneko' (= robot child cat)."
Our last issue mentioned a toll-free phone number you can call to hear a duck quack: 1-800-888-3999, menu option 7. It would, of course, be better if you could hear a cat meow, but a duck is better than nothing. Jr. Skulker Randy Solton sent us a link to an article explaining the duck. Randy has the nerve to say that it isn't even a real duck. What do you think?
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WebSkulker has mentioned the free film developing service at www.snapfish.com. One serious problem with SnapFish is that they only handle 35mm film, not APS, yet APS cameras are quite popular. ClubPhoto is a similar service, but they develop APS as well as 35mm. ClubPhoto has a $1 charge instead of free which isn't any big deal, but this is deceptive. SnapFish not only develops your film into negatives, but sends you a set of prints free. ClubPhoto for your $1 only does the negatives and an index print; you need to buy the prints separately. Both services scan the negatives and put them into online picture albums for free.
WebSkulker has mentioned various sites that can send you information on request via email or SMS messages to cell phones. Here are three more of them. The first two are strictly email activated: you send specially formatted messages to their email address requesting information, and they respond a few seconds later with the results. These can be useful when you have access to email, but not the web. Some cell phones and pagers, for example, can send and receive email. You might find a public terminal somewhere or a dedicated device that can do email, but not the web.
The third site works by sending SMS messages to cell phones with the information you request. Jr. Skulker Michael Cohen submitted the second and third links.
Jr. Skulker John Tracy McGrath told us about this site which "charts the development of electronic musical instruments from 1870 to 1990. For the purposes of this project electronic musical instruments are defined as instruments that synthesize sounds from an electronic source. The main focus of the site is on instruments developed from the beginning of the century until the 1960's."
WebSkulker likes the timeline at the above link, but has has a severe criticism of the page you get if you hit the "Introduction" button. That page calls anything that used electricity to generate sound in any way "electronic", whereas the word should only be used for vacuum tube and transistor technology. It totally ignores the era of discrete transistor devices and calls everything post-vacuum tube "integrated circuits". Nevertheless, it is fun to look at the pictures and descriptions.
This is one of those sites that is only useful to a tiny fraction of you jr. skulkers at this time, but talks about future technology that most of you might use. The San Francisco Municipal Railway, which is the San Francisco city agency that runs the buses and streetcars, recently installed a GPS-based system in many of their buses and streetcars. A lot of bus systems are installing this kind of thing, partly for management information because the GPS receiver on the bus transmits its location to headquarters so management knows where the buses are at all times, partly to automate bus stop calling because a lot of these machines can announce the name of the next stop over the P.A. system automatically, and partly to tell waiting passengers when the next bus will arrive.
WebSkulker has seen some bus stops in San Francisco that have an LED display with the brand name "NextBus" and flashing how many minutes until the next bus will arrive. (Jr. Skulker Michael Cohen mentioned seeing such a system in Japan a while back, which may or may not be this same brand.) The NextBus web site lets you look at this information in real time for several bus and streetcar lines. The first time you go to the site, read the welcome message and then press the black button saying "View Another Arrival". A cookie will be set to bypass the welcome message on future visits.
You can select a bus line and stop location to see when the next couple of buses or streetcars will arrive. Press the link "live map" to bring up a map of San Francisco showing where all the vehicles are right now on these routes.
Jr. Skulker Chris Bernay sent us this page today. Under normal circumstances it would be a little late for this sort of thing, but this year's presidential election is so weird that this still works.
Transcript of the Third Presidential Debate
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